There has been a café-bar on site since the 1990s but after a couple of name changes the premises settled down as 56 North back in 2008. These days gin is their unique selling point so the venue stocks types of Genever, Old Tom, barrel-aged gin and more brands than you thought existed. They also do gin masterclasses and a pop-up festival gin garden in August.
Gin is not only Edinburgh’s spirit du jour; an enthusiasm for the drink seems to have spread right across Scotland. There are now distilleries producing gin in Shetland (Shetland Reel), Caithness (Rock Rose), Speyside (Caorunn), Ayrshire (Hendrick’s), Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Pickering’s) and elsewhere. The capital is also blessed with more than a few decent places to sample various brands of mother’s ruin - in addition to the following purveyors, we'd also recommend sampling it at some of Edinburgh's best cocktail bars (or visiting one of the city's best bars in general).